Freezing the time

The magic of photography

We love photography and we hope you do it as well. It's something unique and magic to be able to capture and freeze the time!

It's great hobby and profession. You can be creative, always learn, always find new objects, views, ideas and situations to capture. And in the post processing you can decide how the end result you like to look.

As a photographer you are always in the control.

What kind of snapper are you?

There is over 30 different types of photographers. Have you already decided what kind if photographer are you or want to be ? Most people shoot little of everything first and than specialize on their favorite photography niche. And there is plenty of them! You can be a Fashion Photographer, Landscape Photographer, Wildlife Photographer, Action/Sports Photographer, Events Photographer, Real Estate/Architecture Photographer, Pet Photographer, Photojournalist, Concert Photographer, Macro Photographer, School Photographer, Baby Photographer, Scientific Photographer, Food Photographer, Vehicle Photographer, Travel Photographer, Street Photographer, Nude/erotic Photographer, Underwater Photographer, Advertising Photographer, Stock Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Equine (hors) Photographer, Paparazzi...

You will always need to have some basic knowledge but depending on what you prefer to shot you need specialized skills, software and gear. My personal favorite type of photography was always to shoot party, live concerts, real estate (something must pay the bills) and nature. Based on our own life long experience we at SnapperSpirit try to find for you the best gear for each type of photography. We keep up with latest trends and gadget as well.

No matter if you are beginner, passionate hobby photographer, semi-pro or pro you should find something for you at out store.

You will be very surprised…

You will be very surprised how good famous photo was taken with simple photography gear. Take a look at those 30 mind blowing images taking with less expensive camera gear.

Skills Are More Important Than Gear

Of course photography gear and post-processing software skills is good to have and fun to use. BUT the most important thing to know is that better gear won't make you a better photographer. Don’t buy these things because you’re tired of sucking and you think these will help. The only answer to that is to learn, study, and practice. Copy the masters, develop your own style.

You can take great memorable shots with your smart-phone or cheap DSLR and cheap lens. Of course in many situations it can demand more of you to compensate the limitations the gear you use, be more skilled, more creative.

When you know the basics, know what you are doing and what you want it's great feeling to step up. Better, more expensive gear gives you possibilities to shot more convenient, work faster and make higher technical quality images. But still the creative part wont be better than you are. You and your skills and creativity are the most crucial component of taking great shots.

All about lenses

If we should pick a crucial most important part of a photographers camera gear it would be the lens (or loses). When it comes to gear lenses are like an human eye. The brain (camera sensor and CPU) must get a good image to process and you must get good image from the camera to be able post-process and get desired end results.

Lenses keeps also their value on second hand market quite well. Old lenses can also be used in most cases on latest compatible camera bodies. Electronics and camera body are loosing fast their value due to all new models coming and the improvements are huge each year. Lenses are does change much. Some 30-40 years old lenses are still almost as good as the latest once. There are differences of course but not so huge as compared to camera bodies.

What define a good lens

How wide or far you see, how you separate the subject from the background, how sharp you see, how nice colors and contrasty image you see, how fast you can focus, how durable is the lens in different use conditions, weather sealing... all this is depending more of the choice of the lens than the camera body or any other camera gear.

Low price lenses

Of course if the money are not an issue I would recommend strongly to buy the best and most expensive lenses from brands like Nikon, Canon, Carl Zeiss. Most lenses from those brands cost from 1000 USD up. In extreme cases those lenses can cost you 10 000 USD! Even if you are professional photographer it's a lot of money.

That's why we at SnapperSpirit offer some good cost-effective lenses. Those lenses are especially good choice for non-professionals that are just looking for some fun lenses to play around with. What are you missing compared to those much more expensive models is probably durability, focus speed, flares, sharpness, but the differences are not so huge. Our “cheap” lenses are not bad at all for most of you. They offer tremendous value for the money. I would even recommend it instead of low end brands like Sigma etc. You pay ~100 USD instead ~1000 and get ~90% same image quality!

Primes compared to zooms

No matter if you use low cost lens or the most expensive ones primes offer always better image quality most in terms of sharpness and better durability. Period. In most cases prime lenses are also much less expensive!

The drawback is versatility.. The only way of zooming in or out is to move you feets! :) Maybe it's not so bad but in some occasions lit may be impossible or not very practical.
Of course a very good zoom lens (=variable tele photo lens) may be almost as good or better as less good prime. But compared best primes with best zooms, primes wins always, even if the margins are small.

Another issue with zooms is that they have more moving parts and dust can come inside the lens more easily. This is not what we want especially when shooting at small apertures like f1/16 or less, when dust particles are becoming more visible. Dust on lenses means more work "cleaning" the images in post.

The obvious benefit of zoom lenses is that you can take with you only one lens that cover most situations. No need of changing lenses. With a zoom you can shot fast on any location. It’s always better to take less perfect picture than don't take it at all. And Zooms are not bad, the differences are mostly only visible for nerd people like us. Beside many imperfections can be corrected in post processing.

The holly trinity

In most cases, for most occasions the you should have 3 lenses that will cover your most of your needs. We recommend this type of lenses:

  1. Wide angle prime or zoom ~14-20 mm
  2. ~35 or 50mm prime or mid-zoom ~20-70mm
  3. Tele zoom ~70-250

If you can’t afford all 3 lenses at once start with a mid-zoom. This type of lenses are in many cases included in camera kits. It’s an universal lens. Also a prime ~35mm is very versatile, the 35mm is about exactly how your eye is seeing.

Before buying consider what do you need most?

  • Do you like to shoot in low light look for lenses with large aperture (~f1/2.8 or more like f1/1.8, f1/1.4) and/or with shake stabilization.
  • Do you like to shoot action make sure your telephoto lens can focus fast.
  • Do you like to shoot portraits use a zoom lens at 80-100mm.
  • For street photography 35-50mm is perfect. They are small, light and cheap.
  • Do you shoot in extreme conditions, rain, snow, frost, dust, make sure your lens is weather sealed.

 

If you have any questions and thoughts please don't hesitate to contact us!

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